Rite Aid has been fined $5 million dollars for violating government regulations that require pharmacies to track the sale of controlled substances that include pseudoephedrine. Fifty-three Rite Aid pharmacies in California, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia were not tracking the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine according to state and federal regulations. Rite Aid has now agreed to adhere to electronic tracking as well as limiting the sale of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine based products that are used to make methamphetamine by meth lab cooks.
Rite Aid further failed to comply with the Controlled Substances Act by not keeping accurate records of prescription drugs that included oxycodone and hydrocodone. The company has responded by providing all pharmacy staff with training about what they need to do to comply with government regulations about controlled substances. They will also physically count their supply of controlled substances, now and in the future.
Source: Barrett, Devlin, “Rite Aid pays $5 million in fines in drug case”, MSNBC, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28627217/, 1/12/09